Vegan handbag brands for every budget
If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably on the hunt for a good vegan handbag.
While there is a seemingly endless supply of non-leather designs on the market, ethical shopping can start to seem like a no-win situation fast.
Before you know it, you’re asking if the bag is also environmentally friendly and ethically made, scouring the Internet in a desperate attempt to buy something that no one can fault you on. That’s a tall order, so try to relax.
Nobody’s perfect. Few products check all the boxes but what follows are some brands that make an effort, so you too can do the best you can. And tell Susan to back the heck off.
Gunas New York is a brand that strives to check all of the boxes mentioned above. The company does regular factory visits, is fully vegan and aims to use environmentally friendly materials in production.
For all of these reasons, Gunas was a recipient of the ethical fashion award from the Ethical Fashion Forum in London.
While the bags are among the most expensive on this list, they have the look to match. If you’re seeking a look that says “I can afford to buy my own drinks, so move it or lose it, Chuck,” then this is the bag for you.
Similarly-priced brand Angela Roi also pays special attention to factory conditions and environmentally friendly materials.
With the brand’s ultra-classic designs, it’s the perfect option for those who want a style that will stand the test of time, and save you having to buy a new bag when it goes out of vogue in a few years.
So if you want to look like you decant your wine instead of drinking it straight out of the bottle, this might be the brand for you.
Crystalyn Kae is a standout brand on this list, specifically because its products are made in the United States.
It offers a number of super-simple designs in vibrant and muted colors, that will let you rest easy knowing they weren’t made in a sweatshop.
So take that, Susan.
HfS Collective also does all its manufacturing in the US and aims to use ultra environmentally friendly materials.
The brand is known for its hands-free waist bags. It also offers a shoulder bag designed specifically for a bottle of wine. Really.
Matt & Nat bags aren’t cheap either but they’re cheap, and the brand has a conscience when it comes the environment, workers’ rights, and the materials it uses.
Its bags are ultra-modern, super sleek, and come in designs for both men and women — Matts and Nats, if you will. Also shoes. Apparently, people like shoes.
Veggani, which offers bags similarly priced to those from Matt & Nat, really stands out for its unique designs.
This eco-conscious brand has the bag that says “I winter in Costa Rica”, right alongside one that says “I summer in New York”. So whatever lies you want to tell the world, you’re good to go.
Jeane & Jax is a PETA-approved brand which also aims to partner with factories that offer fair working conditions for their employees.
The brand offers modern, functional designs targeted toward both men and women, all of which say “I’ve read at least one fashion magazine”.
Now we’re getting to the cheaper stuff. Melie Bianco offers super-cute vegan bags and talks a big human-rights game.
At about US$30 to $80 a bag, this is a great option for those of us who are striving to pay down that student debt (but we all know you spent the money on craft beer and avocado toast).
Pixie Mood is another affordable brand that aims to avoid cruelty to animals, and to peopleIf you’d like to read about its manufacturing standards, they’re listed on its website.
This brand offers a seemingly endless selection of designs at very reasonable prices, so whether you want to stand out from the crowd or blend into the nearest shrubbery, Pixie Mood’s got the bag for you.
This totally isn’t a brand but it may be the best option from an ethical standpoint. If you’re looking to minimize your impact on animals and the environment, while avoiding the risk of supporting sweatshops entirely, thrifting a non-leather bag may be the way to go.
So grab your least stuck-up (or most hipster) friend and head on down to your local charity or vintage shop. You’d never know what you might find.
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